With many relocation packages costing $25,000 – $100,000 per employee, employers are reevaluating whether remote work options make the packages necessary. In fact, some companies now are offering de-location packages for employees who want to move from an expensive city to an area with a lower cost of living and work remotely. Paying staff members to move away from their offices can provide significant benefits for both the organization and its workers.
Find out why employers are starting to offer employees de-location packages and why they can be a win for both parties.
A de-location package offers substantial savings for employers and employees. Companies that have a mostly/completely remote workforce have significantly reduced/eliminated expenses related to real estate and overhead. They also have substantially lower operating costs and a greater ability to scale their workforce. All of this frees up money to pay down company debt, expand the organization, or fulfill other business objectives. Similarly, staff may be able to save thousands of dollars a month by working remotely from a less expensive location. They can pay down debt and put away more money for vacations, retirement, or other needs. This increases job satisfaction, engagement, and retention.
Offering employees a de-location package is an attractive addition to remote work policies. Although many staff enjoy living in major cities such as New York or San Francisco, the cost of living is high, and the area does not suit everyone’s lifestyle. Many employees would be happy to work for a top employer without having to live in a high-cost area. Likewise, many employers are happy not to provide the salary adjustments, housing allowances, moving expenses, real estate commissions, orientation programs, and family and spousal support involved with relocation packages. With a de-location package, they write a check for a set amount of money, such as $10,000, and let the employee handle the rest. Because this may be 10-50% of the cost of a typical relocation package, HR could de-locate 10 employees for the price of one relocation and potentially have a higher recruiting success rate.
Many local and state economic development councils offer incentives to attract remote employees. This may include compensation in the form of a tax credit, housing allowance, cash payment, coworking allowance, grant, or relocation support. This shows that many remote staff are willing to relocate under the right conditions.
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The rise of remote work is shifting the need to offer relocation packages. Instead, employers are beginning to pay employees to move to lower-cost areas and work remotely. These de-location packages save the companies and their staff significant amounts of money that can be used for other purposes.
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